WESTFIELD, NJ — Internet problems have prompted early dismissal for some students at Westfield High School.

In an email to parents Thursday morning, Principal Mary Asfendis said students within the building are unable to connect to the internet and as a result the school is giving parents the option to pick up their children early.

“Should you wish your child to be dismissed early, please text your child to report to the main entrance where they will be dismissed,” Asfendis said. “If classes are able to be presented remotely, students should log on for Periods 7 & 8.”

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An email to a school district spokesperson was not immediately returned, but with the connection issues ongoing, it was not clear that it had been received. A phone call to the spokesperson’s line just after 11 a.m. yielded a messaging saying the “Party is temporarily unavailable.”

Due to COVID-19, the district has been employing a hybrid model of instruction with students learning both in person and online.

A handful of parents on a local Facebook group Tuesday morning reported that they had not received updates from the school district as of 10 a.m., while others said their children were unable to access digital programs for learning, including those at other district schools.

Earlier this month, students returned from a planned week of all-remote learning implemented during the first week of January as a means to mitigate COVID-19’s spread.

It’s not the first time that internet connectivity issues have gotten Westfield students time off.

On Oct. 30, the district called off classes after strong winds stemming from a hurricane knocked out internet service.

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